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1st May Labour day Public holiday

1st May Labour day - Festa del treball - Public holiday

Event date: 
Wed 1st May 2024

Event location:
Barcelona and Spain

May day. Fiesta del trabajo. International Workers' Day. The 1st May in Barcelona is a public holiday in Barcelona and Spain. It is called el 'Día del Trabajador' or 'Festa del Treball.' If this public holiday falls mid-week then many people in Spain take a day off to make a 'puente' (bridge) holiday which is why it is often called the 'Puente de Mayo'.

Puente de Mayo.

If the May first falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday, then it a long 4 day weekend day, which is called a 'puente,' which means bridge and many people do not work on the 'bridge day' between the public holiday and the weekend.

1st May is also called 'puente del primero de mayo.' There are usually political meetings and peaceful demonstrations (manifestaciónes) on 1st May in Barcelona.

Shops are generally closed on 1st May, but attractions, museums, tours and restaurants in the city center are open.

International Workers' Day, often referred to as Labor Day, is observed on May 1st in many countries.

It originated as a commemoration of the Haymarket affair in Chicago in 1886 when workers were striking for an eight-hour workday. Over the years, May Day has become a day to honor and advocate for workers' rights and social justice. Many demonstrations, rallies, and events take place globally, emphasizing the importance of fair labor practices and the well-being of workers. Thus, May Day serves as a multifaceted celebration, blending ancient traditions with modern movements for social and economic justice.

The standard work week in Spain and Catalonia is typically 40 hours, spread over five days. This translates to an 8-hour working day. However, kindly note that specific working hours can vary depending on the industry, occupation, and individual employment contracts. Spain, like many other countries, adheres to labor laws that set the maximum number of working hours, prescribe rest periods, and establish overtime regulations. These laws are designed to protect the rights and well-being of workers.

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